Main Group Chemistry Award

The Main Group Chemistry Award recognises outstanding research in any aspect of the chemistry of the s and p block elements.

2014 Winner

Professor Dr Braunschweig

Main Group Chemistry Award 2014 Winner

Professor Dr Holger Braunschweig, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

General information

  • Run biennially
  • Up to two awards are available 
  • The winner(s) receives £2000, a medal and a certificate 
  • The winner(s) will complete a UK lecture tour
  • The winner(s) will be chosen by the Dalton Division Awards Committee      

Guidelines for Nominators

  • Nominations open on 01 October 2015
  • Nominations close on 15 January 2016 
  • Only RSC Members can nominate for this award
  • Nominees may NOT nominate themselves
  • The award is open to nominees based in the UK or internationally 
  • Candidates should be 55 or under on 31 January 2016. Consideration will also be given to those who have taken career breaks or followed different study paths 
  • When nominating previous RSC prize or award winners, please remember that a person cannot be awarded twice for substantially the same body of work

To make a nomination please use our online awards nominations system to submit the following:

  • Your name, contact details, and membership number (please contact the RSC Membership team if you do not know your membership details)
  • The nominee's name and contact details 
  • An up to date CV for the nominee (no longer than one A4 side, 11pt text) which should include their date of birth, summary of education and career, a list of 5 relevant publications, total numbers of publications and patents (if appropriate) and website URL if relevant
  • A supporting statement (up to 4500 characters) addressing the selection criteria 
  • A short citation describing what the nominee should be awarded for. This must be no longer than 250 characters (not including spaces) and ideally no longer than one sentence
  • References are not required for this award           

Selection Criteria for RSC Awards

Our selection committees base their evaluations primarily on the overall quality of relevant contributions made by nominees and not simply on quantitative measures.

The selection committee(s) will consider the following aspects of all nominations for scientific research Awards as appropriate:

  • Originality of research
  • Impact of research
  • Quality of publications and/or patents and/or software
  • Innovation
  • Professional standing
  • Collaborations and teamwork
  • Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator   

Dalton Division Awards Committee

  • David Cole-Hamilton, University of St Andrews
  • Robert Mulvey, University of Strathclyde
  • Nigel Pickett, Nanoco Technologies Ltd
  • Scott Dalgarno, Heriot-Watt University
  • Rebecca Melen, Cardiff University      

Previous Winners

Main Group Chemistry Award Previous Winners

1970 - present

History of the Award

This award was previously called the Main Group Elements Award and was re-named in 2008 as the Main Group Chemistry Award.

Submit your nomination

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Contact and Further Information

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